Mangere Central Bade Drive Bus Station - colour us... unimpressed.
Mangere Central, Bader Drive Bus Station – colour us… unimpressed.

Cycling to a bus station should be safe and easy. And even if you don’t cycle to it, cycling past it should be safe and easy.

Particularly when it’s a brand new bus station upgrade, such as the one planned for the Mangere Town Centre on Bader Drive, in the heart of Mangere, between the shopping centre (shops, plus library and a major arts centre) and a very popular park.

And doesn’t this apply twice as much if the bus station is right smack-dab in the middle of one of Auckland Transport’s flagship walking and cycling projects – Te Ara Mua, in Mangere Central? Surely that’s the place where you would spend a bit more attention, and, yes, funds, to do it right and with quality? Especially with more and more locals taking to bikes, thanks to initiatives like Teau Aiturau‘s Mangere BikeFIT and the inspiring USO ride?

New protected lanes on Mascott Ave as part of Te Ara Mua - yet this project reinstates painted lanes? [Photo by Hamish Mackie]
New protected lanes on nearby Mascott Ave as part of Te Ara Mua – yet this project reinstates painted lanes? [Photo by Jamie Hosking, #2WalkAndCycle Conference]
So we are rather disappointed that the consultation plans show the proposed cycle lanes in both directions as unprotected, simple painted lanes – like the current lanes which hardly get used. Right in front of and in between cars and buses.

And this disappointing ‘like for like’ reinstatement of the existing painted lanes is literally only 100m away from where Te Ara Mua adds protected cycle lanes to Mascot Drive, as part of a wider project to inspire more people to walk and bike around their neighbourhood!

Given that the physical infrastructure of the new Frequent Bus Network for Auckland is being implemented with very limited funding – one person in the know described it to us as ‘on the fumes of an oily rag’ – it’s not surprising that other aspects of the designs might not rank as highly as they could.

But safe cycling conditions aren’t a trade-off. They are necessary.

We call on AT to lift their game here:

  1. Ensure the westbound cycle lane is a protected cycle lane along the divider island (or a bypass behind the whole bus station)
  2. If #1 is NOT provided as a bypass, ensure that where westbound cyclists cross the entries and exits of the bus station, they are safe (i.e. control bus speeds!)
  3. Design the eastbound cycle lane to bypass the bus stop as a protected lane behind the buses, not in front as shown

Demand more quality. It’s the only way we’ll get the standards to improve.

Add your voice here ASAP, to ask for the changes above!

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4 responses to “Let’s try this again – bike facilities for new Mangere Town Centre bus station

  1. This is an area with strong community focus on making it a ‘Pasifika Bike Capital’. . It already has huge Pasifika ‘vote of confidence’ with the Samoan Embassy being established here. Now it needs the continued cycling ‘vote of confidence’ with at least protected lanes to complimnent the Te Ara Mua project..

  2. By contrast the new Christchurch CBD bus exchange is surrounded by well protected cycle lanes. Would be good to get any lessons learned there applied in Mangere..

  3. Is there more information about this project than the PDF linked? Because the illustration indicates that Bader Dr has two lanes westbound, where in reality it’s a single narrow lane… Also the bus bays on the eastbound side – huh? No mention of those in the PDF, are they being created? I wonder if the graphic-creator used artistic license well beyond the actual scope of the project?

    Also – there’s a fairly nice existing shared-space footpath in this area. Are these on-road cycle lanes “instead of” or “as well as” (ie like the Kirkbridge road cross-section http://www.nzta.govt.nz/assets/projects/sh20a-to-airport/docs/201409-sh20a-to-airport-project-update-issue-1.pdf)

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